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Pa Workers Comp for Natural Gas Drilling: Hydrofracking in Pennsylvania

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Hydrofracking, the act of tapping into previously unreachable oil and natural gas embedded within deep rock formations, is currently a booming industry in Pennsylvania. However, despite the fact that the industry has provided lots of stable jobs, it is not without its risks. Here are some safety tips you and your coworkers can use to avoid being injured when working at a hydrofracking site. 
 
Safety Concerns
One of the biggest safety concerns regarding hydrofracking is the risk of explosions. And, as if explosions weren’t already a cause for concern, these explosions can be radioactive, releasing toxic materials into the air. Some of the chemicals involved in hydrofracking include benzene, toluene, lead, uranium, ethylene glycol, radium, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and many others. Other hazards include respirable dust, noise pollution, falls, carpal tunnel syndrome, and working in dangerous weather conditions
 
Staying Safe on the Job
When working on a hydrofracking site, there are many safety measures you and your coworkers can take to avoid injury. It is important that you wear proper protective equipment. This includes hard hats, gloves, goggles, ear plugs, and respiratory gear. On hot days, be sure to stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks. When it’s cold, dress in layers and be mindful of cold-related injury symptoms. Be sure to come to work well-rested so that you can remain focused at work. Take your job seriously and use common sense. 
 
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
If you live in Pennsylvania and have been injured on a hydrofracking job site, there’s a good chance you are entitled to workers’ compensation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, or Williamsport area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation. Don’t miss out the benefits YOU are entitled to!
 
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Pa Workers Comp Injury: Preventing Hearing Loss on the Job

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Exposure to hazardous occupational noise is one of the most common workplace hazards in the United States. Since 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that approximately 125,000 workers have suffered significant or parmanent hearing loss
 
Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss, which cannot be cured. Some temporary hearing-related injuries incude tinnitus (a ringing in the ears) and temporary change in hearing (the ears may feel stuffed up). These typically only last no longer than a few hours, but repeated occurences can lead to permanent damage. 
 
Hazardous noises can additionally create stress, interfere with productivity, and cause more work accidents. Hearing loss can seriously limit a person's ability to hear certain sounds and engage in conversation. It can lead to feelings of isolation, which can also lead to depression
 
Signs Your Work Place is Dangeroulsy Noisy
If you hear a humming in your ears after work, have to shout to speak with a coworker who is an arm's length away, or if you experience temporary hearing loss when you leave for the day, you are being exposed to hazardous noise. 
 
Addressing the Issue
There are many ways for your employer to go about reducing hazardous noises in the work place. One of these is properly maintaining and/or replacing equipment. Be sure to regularly lubricate all machinery, look for replacement machinery if a piece of equipment cannot be made quieter, and place barriers between employees and loud noise sources
 
Other options include limiting the amount of a time an employee spends with a noisey device and  providing quiet areas where employees can give their ears a break from the loud noises. 
 
Another very important solution is wearing proper ear protection. Examples include ear plugs, semi-insert ear plugs, and ear muffs. Your employer should provide all of these devices to help you select the kind of protection that is best for your job. 
 
If you have suffered from work-related hearing loss, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Chambersburg area, contact 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation. Don't miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Who is at Risk and What are the Symptoms?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common work place injuries in Pennsylvania. Back in April, we shared some tips on what you can do to help prevent this terrible condition. For today's post, we would like to share a great video about carpal tunnel syndrome from the folks at Every Day Health. The video discusses what carpal tunnel syndrome is, who is most at risk for it, what the symptoms are, and how it can be treated.

 
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the thumb, pointer, middle, and ring finger. Women are three times more likely than men to develop this condition, and those with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk as well. It is also a common issue amongst construction workers, factory workers, and those that do a lot of typing. 
 
If you have pain or numbness in your thumb, pointer, middle, or ring finger, DO NOT ignore it. If left untreated, carpal tunnel can lead to irreversible damage. 
 
Remember, if you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and you think it may be work-related, you could be entitled to Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If this is the case and you live in the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, or Chambersburg contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 877-COMPHELP for a free consultation.
 

 

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